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Ngā Pakiaka Presents Half The Picture
October 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm NZDT$6
Prior to the release of Waru in 2018, Merata Mita had held the title of “only wahine Māori to direct a feature film’ for 30 years.
Globally female film directors still make up less than half the industry.
In this event, Ngā Pakiaka will present a screening of Half The Picture – a documentary that celebrates the ground-breaking work of female film directors, while investigating the systemic discrimination that has, for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood.
Directed by Amy Adrion, Half The Picture includes interviews with directors like Ava DuVernay, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Jill Soloway and Lena Dunham, framed by the ongoing US EEOC investigation into Hollywood’s hiring practices that discriminate against women directors.
This screening will be introduced by Nipmuc/US director and activist Maria Giese, who initiated that investigation and features in the film, with Q&A with Maria Giese and Nasreen Alkhateeb to follow.
Ngā Pakiaka are the rangatahi leaders of the Māoriland Charitable Trust – they are a roopu of rangatahi filmmakers aged 14 – 24 from across Aotearoa.
This event is presented with the support of #directedbywomen #aotearoa, LMC, The Magic Fridge.
Maria and Nasreen have been brought to Aotearoa by NZFC & WiftNZ.
Maria Giese wrote and directed the 1996 feature film When Saturday Comes starring Sean Bean and Pete Postlethwaite, and the award-winning digital feature film Hunger based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun. She has also directed two Golden Cine Eagle-winning short films, and has written three screenplays that have been produced into feature films. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Film Fatales, and the Alliance of Women Directors, and is founding chair of the annual Women’s Media Summit.
In 2015 after four years of activism in the Directors Guild of America, Giese became the person who instigated the biggest industry-wide Federal investigation for women directors in Hollywood history. In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis referred to her work as “a veritable crusade.” She is now a subject in several feature-length documentaries including THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. Her new TEDx talk, THE BATTLE FOR FEMALE VOICES IN ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA, and her upcoming book TROUBLEMAKER, describe her work getting the ACLU and EEOC to investigate this issue— the ramifications of which are resonating globally.
Giese holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Theatre, Film and Television. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious EQUITY AWARD from Stanford University and her articles have appeared in Ms. Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Elle, IndieWIRE, and Film Inquiry. Giese herself has appeared on CNN Global, BBC International, ABC Live, Sky TV UK Live, Bloomberg TV, and NPR. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, Fortune, Cosmopolitan, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Guardian, among others internationally.
Nasreen Alkhateeb is an award-winning director, whose original content has broadcast internationally for over a decade. By illuminating under-represented voices, Nasreen thrives as a leader on diverse storytelling projects that include broadcast, digital, and film.
As a multi-cultural woman of colour, who is differently-abled, survivor of assault, survivor of the gulf war, 1st generation, LGBTQ and raised Muslim, Nasreen has a plethora of lenses she sees the world through. Nasreen’s ability to connect with people relies on commonalities that surpass identifiers like race, gender, religion, culture, and physical ability.
Born in San Francisco, she spent her first seven years in the Middle East and her formative years in the suburbs outside Washington D.C., before moving to New York City to complete her BFA from Pratt Institute. An American with African roots and a Turkoman Iraqi post 9/11, she is constantly translating these worlds, with one foot on three continents. Coming from so many dense layers, Nasreen learned to carve out space and normalise her differences, redefining what it is to be human in life and on screen.
In 2019, her film EAST OF THE RIVER screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Honorable Mention at Slamdance, and she directed two national campaigns for NASA and the Women’s March. In 2018, she directed the first 50th year anniversary film for NASA’s Apollo Program. In 2016, Nasreen was awarded Cinematographer of the Year by NASA.
In addition to creating original content for UN Women, TED, NASA, SXSW, Coachella, Discovery Networks, WITNESS, and IFC Films, Nasreen has participated in the Sundance Film Festival, and helped program AFI Docs, the Nantucket Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film Festival, CINE, TIVA, and the Emmys®.
As a public speaker on new media and storytelling, Nasreen has presented her work to audiences at TEDx, AwesomeCon, StoryCode, Filmgate Miami, Light City Baltimore, NASA Goddard Women in Action, PORTALS, Georgetown University, the George Washington University, Manhattan Mornings, and Pratt Institute. When she is not on set, Nasreen teaches women, girls and LGBTQIA self-defense empowerment.
- Māoriland Charitable Trust